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Lawrie through to last four
Paul Lawrie's golfing resurgence just goes on and on - he could become Volvo World Match Play champion on Sunday in what is his 500th European Tour event.
The 43-year-old former Open champion meets Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts for a place in the final in Spain. The other semi-final will be between Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello, who became the last remaining home hope when Sergio Garcia three-putted the first extra hole against McDowell.
Already on course for a return to Ryder Cup action, Lawrie has the chance to move to second in the points race following thumping wins over Thomas Bjorn and Retief Goosen at Finca Cortesin.
First he beat Bjorn 5&4 - the Dane's five bogeys in the first eight holes certainly helped - and then after lunch he did not drop a stroke in crushing two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen 6&5 in the blustery conditions.
McDowell breathed a huge of relief. He was comfortable enough against Richard Finch in the morning, but then had to go into extra holes against Garcia when he missed a five-footer for the match on the last.
The Spanish star was favourite when they returned to the same hole, but charged a 15-foot putt for victory four feet past and missed it after McDowell had holed from five.
Colsaerts beat American Brandt Snedeker 4&3 to reach the last four for the second year in a row, while Dubai Desert Classic winner Cabrera-Bello turned a three down deficit at the turn into a 3&1 victory over compatriot Alvaro Quiros, winning six out of eight holes.
The quarter-finals were an England-free zone after their five-strong contingent were wiped out in the morning. Poulter was beaten 4&3 by Quiros and refused to blame the defeat on the second day incident when a buggy went over his foot.
McDowell's day had started with a 3&2 victory over Finch, the 218th-ranked outsider who had knocked out top seed and world number nine Martin Kaymer in his previous game.
The other Englishmen to lose were Rock, beaten 3&2 by Goosen, and 21-year-old Tom Lewis, who went down 4&3 to Garcia.